Monday, November 1, 2010

Egyptian Magic Books

The following is an excerpt from the back of the book entitled "Egyptian Magic," by E.A. Wallis Budge:

"For millenia, Egypt, the dark land, has been considered the home of magic. The feats of her priests and magicians were renowned throughout the ancient world, from the simplest legerdemain (according to present interpretation) to the heights of necromancy and sorcery. Even their most severe critics, the ancient Hebrews, admitted the power of Egyptian magic. In the famous sorcerers' duel between Moses and the Egyptian priests before Pharaoh, the Egyptians were almost as skilled as Moses.

This well-known study of ancient Egyptian magic, by E. Wallis Budge, long curator of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum, sums up everything that is known about the wonder-working of ancient Egypt. Dr. Budge covers the powerful amulets that warded off evil spirits, the scarabs of immortality, the use of wax images and spirit placements, magical pictures and formulas, magic via the secret name, magic of sounds, rituals, curses, destruction of hostile magic, determination of fortunate dates, and many of the other practices of the Nile dwellers.

Dozens of excerpts are also given from the magical papyroi, tomb inscriptions, and other sources. Many wonderful tales are told in these Egyptian stories: mind control, enforcing will upon animals, suspended animation, calling upon the dead, finding ancient books of incredible magic power, and other miraculous events that we may or may not believe......"

This particular book is the unabridged republication of the 1901 edition and it comes with 20 illustrations. I own this book, but I still haven't got around to reading any of it yet, well, except for the back of it that I'm typing into this blog, ha-ha! It looks interesting though, and I plan on checking it out in detail, later on. Hey, most people might classify this "Egyptian Magic" book under the 'woo-woo category' but we will just call it eccentric, and leave it at that.

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2 comments:

  1. You know, it has been nearly two years since I have wrote this post, and I still haven't read that damn book, nor have I studied any about black magic or white magic, for that matter. When I think Egyptian, the first things that usually come to my mind are the great pyramids and ancient aliens; ha!

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  2. Oh, forgot to mention: If anybody reads the book before I do, and actually finds some cool boogy-boogy magic stuff within it, then feel free to provide the details in the comment field. On the other hand, if you find the whole subject to be utter baloney, you can also comment about that, as well; LOL!

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